Greek Bulker Incidents Amidst Maritime Tensions in the Red Sea

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The latest list of alleged attacks issued by a Houthi spokesperson emphasizes their continued targeting of ships affiliated with companies that call at Israeli ports. However, despite claiming to have launched missiles and drones, no hits have been confirmed, and none of the reported incidents align with information from maritime security forces.

Two Greek bulkers travelling north in the Red Sea were reportedly targeted because their companies breached the ban on Israeli port entry. One of the vessels mentioned was the Roza, a Liberian-registered bulker en route to the Suez Canal, while the other was the Vantage Dream, also registered in Liberia and approaching the Suez Canal from India.

Additionally, the Maersk Line Ltd. vessel Maersk Seletar, operating under the U.S. flag and transporting materials for the U.S. military to Oman, was reported to have been targeted while passing through the Arabian Sea after sailing around Africa.

The sole specific incident report received days prior from UK Maritime Trade Organizations described a master reporting a significant explosion near the vessel's port side, with no damage upon inspection. The incident occurred 50 nautical miles southwest of Al Shuqaiq, Saudi Arabia, aligning with the Houthis' claims of extended range.

While Greece's Minister of Maritime Affairs noted a decline in Houthi attacks, the U.S. and UK forces launched new strikes following reports of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower being targeted. Despite efforts to mitigate threats, U.S. Central Command continues to report frequent missile and drone incidents from the Houthis, emphasizing the ongoing challenges in the region.

US Dismisses Claims That Yemen’s Houthis Struck Aircraft Carrier in Red Sea

U.S. defence officials have rejected claims that Yemen’s Ansar Allah group, also known as the Houthis, succeeded in striking—and damaging—an American aircraft carrier in the Red Sea last week.

“There is no truth to the Houthi claim of striking the USS Eisenhower or any U.S. Navy vessel,” U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement carried by media outlets on June 5.

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USS Eisenhower

Last week, Houthi spokesman Yahya Saree claimed that the group had fired missiles and drones at the aircraft carrier, which has been deployed in the Red Sea since late last year.

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